USDA’s No. 2 official to speak Wednesday

The second-in-command at the U.S. Department of Agriculture will visit North Carolina A&T on Wednesday to discuss supporting farmers and building local food economies.  Deputy Secretary Kathleen A. Merrigan also will highlight USDA opportunities for researchers and recent graduates.

Merrigan oversees the daily operation of the agency and its $149 billion budget.  She was one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for 2010.  (For her bio, click here.)

She will speak at 10 a.m. in the Webb Hall auditorium.  Merrigan’s visit is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, a Goldsboro-based consortium with research and Cooperative Extension facilities operated jointly by N.C. A&T, N.C. State and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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